Tatura Primary School’s Envirokids group has added another star to its ResourceSmart Schools puzzle, bringing their total to three.
The group is made up of 12 students in Years 3 to 6 who have been busy putting into practice programs to reduce waste and improve sustainability at the school.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp presented the group with two certificates on Thursday including an additional star for the students’ commitment to creating a sustainable school.
‘‘It’s wonderful to think that we’ve got a group of young kids who are very switched on, acutely aware of the issues impacting our climate and taking action in terms of waste-free lunches,’’ Mr Gepp said.
He said the program had been running for a few years and it encouraged students to become resource-smart and become climate-change aware.
‘‘They’re not bringing in wrappings on their sandwiches, they’re bringing reusable containers, they’re composting their fruit waste for example, they’re making sure they are recycling whenever possible, they’ve got water management plans in place (and) they’re growing their own herb gardens,’’ Mr Gepp said.
The group, which was elected at the start of the year, meets once a week to have a discussion and create a plan of action for the week.
Mr Gepp said awarding the students with another star acknowledged the work they were doing through our education system.
‘‘It’s just wonderful to think that while the adults are in some instances struggling with the issue of climate change, the kids aren’t, they’re on top of it, and they’re going gangbusters and it’s fantastic,’’ he said.